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Angola dance mixes primitive, modern moves

09-27-2010 08:43 BJT Special Report:Shanghai World Expo 2010 |

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You might imagine African dance as wild and primitive, accompanied by tribal beats. But what happens when you mix the traditional dance moves with creative, powerful modern dance choreography?

To find out, let's look at what some Angolan artists are doing on stage at the World Expo.

Africa Square in the expo park is where Angolan artists are showing their mixture of African dance tradition with modern dance choreography.

This solo features a sequence of powerful body movements accompanied by the mystical African beats. The audience is led on a journey to a faraway land filled with primitive charm.

The performers are from Angola's biggest modern dance troupe. In several parts, they tell a story about people seeking their life goals. And they believe the message is universal.

Marques, supervisor of Angola Modern Dance Troupe, said, "It's to Everybody, Chinese, Angolan. This is a work about our literature, oral literature, speaking literature. Traditional, speak literature."

With a disabled boy as drummer, the dance's theme of encouraging people that there's always hope ahead, is strengthened.

Africa Square in the expo park is where Angolan artists
are showing their mixture of African dance tradition with
modern dance choreography.

Through the dance, these young artists from Angola are showing an optimistic spirit towards the future. Their creativity, as trailblazers in dance art, always brings something new to the audience both in their home country and abroad.

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